Foreigners who come to Türkiye with a Tourist Visa can stay up to 90 days within 180 days without obtaining a residence permit. However, foreigners who want to stay longer than this period must obtain a residence permit according to their purpose of stay.
A residence permit enables you to live in Türkiye, study, work, get tax numbers, and open a bank account.
Who Needs a Türkiye Residence Permit
Every person that moves to Türkiye with the intention to remain in the country for more than three months needs to get a Türkiye Residence Permit upon arrival. Without a residence permit, your stay in Türkiye will be considered illegal.
You will be exempt from this requirement if one of the following applies to you:
You have a “registration certificate” for international protection applications.
You are exempt from a residence permit pursuant to reciprocal or multilateral conventions to which the Republic of Türkiye is also a party.
You are a diplomacy or consulate officer that holds office in Türkiye.
You work for representative offices of international establishments in Türkiye.
You have a valid work permit.
Your identity card contains one of the following tags:
“international protection applicant”
“international protection status”